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Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown Shopping

Find everything from spy games to a George Washington bobblehead and delicate jewelry downtown.

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The International Spy Museum showcases the secret side of Washington. Interactive exhibits and specialty tours throughout the city give visitors a glimpse into a life of espionage.

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Seek out this shop for invisible ink and disguise glasses; then “deny everything.”

Slip into this museum store unnoticed, where the public is welcome to investigate loads of spy party favors like invisible ink, disguise glasses and kaboom candles, “Deny Everything” t-shirts, books, spy games and other treasures.

From museum shops to holiday markets, there are plenty of places to check off items on your gift list in the nation's capital.

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Find all the maps and funky DC-themed stuff you can think of near the White House.

Find all the funky DC-themed stuff you can think of, from a Secrets of Masonic Washington book to a bronze bust of George Washington, T-shirts, bobble heads, pens and postcards. Situated near the White House and hustle and bustle of several federal buildings, it's also a great stop for a map, just in case the city's long and imposing blocks get you turned around.

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Find unique jewelry at this family shop that specializes in vintage pieces and new gems.

“If it's not special it's not here.” That's the motto at this far-from-tiny, family-owned jewelry store featuring premier designers like Michael Bondanza, David Yurman, Daniel K, Varna Platinum, TAG Heuer and Maurice LaCroix. The shop also carries a sizable collection of estate and antique jewelry, specializing in designs that mix vintage pieces with new gems. The first floor features mostly engagement rings and wedding bands; the second is designer jewelry and gifts; and the third floor offers more unique gifts and watches with expert timepiece-fixers on standby.